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Optical Network Engineer

  2323 bryan street, Dallas

Overview

Your role

The Optical Network Engineer, as a part of the Network Engineering Team, is responsible for building and operating the DLR network reliably and to scale. The team configures and installs network gear for our growing infrastructure including running cables, hardware setup and decommissioning old gear in support of our growth. The team must have an aptitude for accuracy and conduct site surveys and audits to verify that each network site has been built to the right specifications.

Beyond day-to-day responsibilities, they also develop creative approaches to keep operational costs low and improve the efficiency of our growing infrastructure.

You will be on the front lines of our efforts to deploy, design and maintain the DLR network. You will work with network architects, capacity management, project managers, and engineers to gather network requirements, deploy DLR private network, create and manage our network implementation/integration plans, and create physical and logical network designs. You will use your experience in networking, data centers, and colocation to establish and improve best practices and procedures. The objective is to build the world’s most reliable, cost-effective, and scalable network to support DLR customers.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills; able to own issues and drive them to resolution. Candidate must be able to work independently and in pressure situations. Defines & revises network strategies and procedures/policies. On-call work & some implementations require non-standard working hours. 

 

What you’ll do

  • Rack and stack, install, commission and test routers, transport (DWDM) equipment, and other network devices in new and existing network nodes across our network.
  • Own network documentation, updating and maintaining network drawings and plans and work with vendors/manufacturers to evaluate new hardware/software and create deployment standards.
  • Generate implementation plans and provide technical leadership and guidance during deployment activities.
  • Work closely with project management, network engineering and rest of the engineering team to identify in advance potential problems in network installations, including in the areas of facility power (AC/DC), cooling, security/access, rack layout and cable management.
  • Work with vendors/manufacturers to evaluate new hardware/software and create deployment standards.
  • Activate and test circuits on routers, switching gear, WDM gear, and other network equipment in new network nodes around the US.
  • Perform site survey, documentation, engineering and deployment for network expansions and new site deployment.
  • Creation of BOM’s, and Engineering packages for new site builds.
  • Provide project management to technical team to coordinate complicated network platform and service deployments.
  • Identify new technologies and alternative networking systems to enhance customer experience
  • Identify operational issues and implement design alterations to address these issues
  • Understand technical issues and the implications to the business, and be able to communicate them with other operation departments within the business
  • Generate and update documentation on operational procedures, network topology, and customer database
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of current and emerging state-of-the-art computer/network systems technologies, architectures, and products
  • Manage workflow closely with a variety of different level support organization in the process of providing network support

 

What you’ll need

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience with field-based work in POPs, carrier hotels, data centers and Central Office environments.
  • Experience with hands-on rack and stack, installation, commissioning and maintenance of routers and other network equipment, plus creating rack elevations and other planned/install/as-built documentation for service providers or large enterprise networks.
  • Experience performing AC and DC power installations.
  • Broad understanding of IP networks, layer 2/3 technologies, the operation of IP networks, plus familiarity with test equipment such as OTDR, OSA, BERT and/or other network analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard best practices for cable dressing and management for fiber-optic cable systems.
  • Travel up to 25%.

Digital Realty cares about the health and safety of its workforce, customers, and vendors.  Digital Realty encourages all new hires to be fully COVD-19 vaccinated by their start date. Employees who are not fully COVID-19 vaccinated will need to comply with our weekly COVID-19 testing requirements, subject to applicable workplace accommodation requirements.

 

A bit about us

Digital Realty supports the world's leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, our global data center platform, gives customers a reliable foundation for scaling their digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. The size and scale of our business puts us in a unique position to offer customers access to 290 facilities in 49 metros across 24 countries and six continents.

 

A bit about our Digital team

Our Operations team keeps our customers’ infrastructure running safely and securely. We get plenty of opportunities to take on a variety of tasks and develop our technical skills. From overseeing electrical power to cooling and fire suppression systems, our team plays a vital role in making sure everything in our data centers operates as it should.

 

What we can offer you

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers.

 

Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us.

 

This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.

 

 

Notes:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

Digital Realty offers a highly competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and an environment that recognizes and rewards your contributions.

 

Digital Realty is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or Company policy.

 

 

Digital Realty is a publicly traded company (NYSE: DLR) with investment grade ratings from all three major ratings agencies.

 

Please do not forward unsolicited resumes to any employee of Digital Realty and its subsidiaries. Digital Realty is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited referrals.

 

 

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Melissa Renfer

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